High School – It’s a hard life…

Transitioning to high school work went relatively smoothly for Bekah. She has been working on Year 10 of Ambleside Online and we have both been pleased at how well it is working for her.

For some portions of her day, she studies in her bedroom. Subjects like math and science demand a bit more quiet that is normally available with the little ones around.

However, when it is time to settle in with a good history or biography, sometimes the couch calls.

High school…..it’s a hard life, right?





Planning and High School

Before we were ever expecting our first child, Eddie and I had made the decision to homeschool our children. Oh the fun I had researching curriculum and making plans!  Those days when I sat on the floor reading to Bekah and Mary with Caleb snuggled in my lap, high school seemed so far away. In my mind those years were in the distant future.

Quite honestly, I didn’t think too much about high school. Life was busy. I was savoring and enjoying my kiddos where they were and not worrying about the future. Long range planning and organization would not be high on my skills list.

Then, one day, bam! that little curly headed preschooler was in high school. Not only was Bekah in high school, but Mary was right behind her. This momma did not have a plan.

One day Mary asked me what she had to complete to graduate. Um, good question,darling. She left a note on my desk stating that she had “passed first grade so she had now graduated”. Mary would be a big goofball but it certainly has this momma buckling down on the planning.

My first step was to make sure that current studies were flowing well. I am a pencil and paper girl but am trying to embrace technology and make it work for me. I sat down with Bekah and we discussed her studies, the time she needed to accomplish her assignments, and what method works best for her learning.

We then went to her Google calendar and scheduled her studies. Working in bigger blocks is helpful because she has time to dig deep without being interrupted at a crucial point. We can both access her calendar and make adjustments as needed. Is her schedule set in stone? No. However, it has been a great tool to help her manage her time and responsibilities. We even scheduled Friday as a No Math Day and I think we both enjoy the mental break.

Since this has worked so well for Bekah, a similar system will be set up for my other children who access Google. I haven’t completed ditched the pencil and paper method. Bekah has a printed out assignment sheet and the others will as well. Slowly embracing the technology; slowly.

The next major step is to discuss Bekah’s goals for the future. Decide what our basic “requirements” are for our homeschool and then adjust for Bekah’s personal interests as well. While I hate that I had my head in the sand in regards to how soon the high school years would hit, it is nice to know that I will have it all settled before Martha reaches this point.

Do you have your own requirements for graduating or do you use your state’s guidelines? I’d love to hear about your high school planning!

Curriculum 2013 – 2014 ~ Ninth Grade

Each new “school year” goes by and since we homeschool year round I normally don’t share what we are using.  There is no official starting or stopping date; we just flow from one to the next. A first time for everything, right?

This is Bekah’s studies for the coming year – Ninth Grade:

Year 10 of Ambleside Online – We have always used a literature approach in our history studies. This year I decided to finally jump in and use Ambleside.  Bekah is enjoying her studies and is thriving.  Year 10 covers the 1800s with history, biographies, essays, literature, geography, worldview and more.


 Math – Saxon Algebra 1

ScienceApologia’s Physical Science

Bible/Christian Studies – Personal Bible reading and family devotions. She is currently reading Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer.  Other selections such as The Attributes of God by Pink will follow.

Memory Work and Recitation – Scripture, poetry, etc ranging in length and difficulty. (I’ll update when I get her final selections.)

Choir – local homeschool choir

Life Skills – No set studies as of yet.

Bekah also studies poetry, art, and music. She enjoys knitting, drawing and reading in her free time. She also has a blog that she will be working on this year as well.

Since Bekah’s school load is a bit heavier than in previous years, we created a checklist to help her spread the work over the week without being overwhelmed.

I’ll update as any changes are made. Transitioning to high school has been an exciting time!



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